Sunday, April 15, 2018

Fireskin, by Joanne Rixon

★★★☆☆ Average

(High Fantasy) Someone has placed a curse on Aun-ki, the city champion, which causes her skin to grow hot and burn anything it touches. Lifting the curse—never mind defending the city—is going to be tough when she can barely keep her clothes on. (5,142 words; Time: 17m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 249, published on .

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Pro: After repeated attempts to lift the curse, Aun-ki gives up and simply accepts it. Sometimes life is like that. Her adventures in the process are entertaining nevertheless.

Amusingly, it all started after her great battle with the Great Winged Lion, “Chiar-shu,” which means Chinese barbecue pork.

Con: All of her hard work comes to nothing in the end. I don’t see any obvious connections between the different quests or anything else to turn this story into a unity. She just gives up and the story is over.

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